14. January 2016 07:24
Asthma, sleep apnea may weaken cornea
people with asthma, sleep apnea or down syndrome are at higher risk of developing an eye condition that causes serious progressive nearsightedness at an young age, a new study has found. The findings, made through a study of the condition called keratoconus, could help more people protect their vision if treated on time. Keratoconus makes the cornea weak, which leads it to become cone-shaped over time.
The study found that females, AsianAmericans and people with diabetes appear to have a lower risk of keratoconus. The researchers looked at data from health insurance claims -half of them from more than 16,000 people with confirmed keratoconus and half from an equal number of people with similar characteristics but no keratoconus. People with Down syndrome had six times higher chance of developing the disease than others.